After 4 days with no power, I now sit in my warm and well-lit little apartment after Superstorm Sandy wreaked her havoc on a city I now call my home. My puppy and I were fortunate enough during those dark days to have a great friend uptown take us in and provide us with a warm place to stay, a hot shower, light, and all of those comforts I too often take for granted. Upon my return home, I felt excited and relieved to be restored and start regaining some normalcy. However, seeing footage on the news and hearing of people living mere miles away from me who are still completely devastated by this terrible tragedy made me feel a combination of grief, helplessness, guilt, and a desire to help.
Situations like this often bring out the best in people, and I have been touched to hear of individuals, communities, and businesses banding together and sacrificing to help others. They inspire me to look past my own trivial problems and help those whose lives have been turned upside down by this disaster.
The road to recovery is long and daunting for many, and we can all do something to help ease their burden. Click here for ways you can volunteer or donate to help victims of Sandy.
blazer: gap (similar here). shirt: CA boutique. pants: asos (similar here & here). shoes: elie tahari. jewelry: helen ficalora, banana republic.
I love the sporty pant look that CNC Costume National helped popularize on the runway last fall. Not only is it an easy item to incorporate into your existing wardrobe, but it also can effortlessly be dressed up or down.
As a styling tip: To steer clear of looking like you just exited gym class, balance your sporty style with feminine pieces.
There's a chill in the air, and I don't know about you, but I'm ready for fall! It's not quite time to bring out boots and fall blazers, so I'm taking advantage of the last use of my summer items while incorporating a few fall pieces.
Another tip: When wearing a lot of color and pattern like I did here, wear a nude pump. It anchors the look and visually lengthens your legs.
"If you could meet one person, dead or alive, who would it be?" My answer: Coco Chanel. I am in the midst of reading one of her biographies and am reminded how much she influenced the modern fashions we wear today. For this outfit, my vintage Chanel earrings and Chanel-style jacket (courtesy of Zara) are my homage to the one and only Coco Chanel.
top: zara. pants: j.crew. shoes: kate spade (similar here). necklace: jewelmint. bangles: j. crew, banana republic, jewelmint, h&m. watch: michael kors
As you may remember from here & here, I love a colored pant, and these chinos from J.Crew are no exception. And as difficult as it may be to fit my curvaceous post-baby body into pants these days, these lovelies fit to perfection.
One tip I like to follow when wearing cropped pants: slip into a nude or gold heel to provide some height and lengthen that leg line!
shirt: j.crew. skirt: torn by ronny kobo (purchased at poppy). shoes: kate spade.
If you don't own a chambray shirt right now, get on that! It is one of the most versatile pieces in my closet (and I know Casey's, too). I love how it can dress down a pencil skirt and, in this case, was just the right top to pair with my favorite casual maxi skirt.
blouse: zara (similar here & here). shorts: citizen of humanity. hat: topshop (similar here). shoes: elie tahari. watch: michael kors.
In an effort to channel my Texas pride, I tossed on my cowboy hat, pulled up my cowboy boots and shouted yee-haw as I rode off into the sunset! Ok, well I may not have cowboy boots or the horse but I do happen to have a pretty nifty hat. I love a good hat, and I've had to search high and low for this felt fedora from Topshop. It's got the perfect ratio of flop and structure as well as a neutral navy to be versatile enough for almost any outfit.
Wide-leg trouser jeans in a dark wash can do wonders to lengthen your legs (and camouflage your hips). Add heels and a great silk blouse—I love the abstract pattern in this top—and you are ready for date night or an evening with your girls.
dress: dvf (similar here). shoes: calvin klein. sunglasses: gucci (similar here & here). watch: michael kors. bangles: j.crew, jewelmint, thrifted. necklace: helen ficalora. lips: chanel "rouge allure velvet 32".
For my busy days in the city, it's far too easy to just throw on a dress and walk (read: run) out the door. I can especially appreciate a good wrap dress. On this particular day, I added a punch with my coral lipstick and armful of bangles.
Drop-waist dresses were first popularized in the Roaring Twenties when
women were ready to ditch their restrictive dresses and shake their
flapper fringe in comfort and style. They gained popularity again in the
60s (shout out to my girl Twiggy) and currently are back with a
vengeance with designers like Marchesa, Proenza Schuler, and Moschino
showcasing them on the fall 2012 runway.
The traditional style works best for taller and slender women
with minimal curves, but let's be honest, that only includes a small
percentage of the population. So here are some tips for different body
—Make sure the dress ends above your knee, especially if it's a shift dress (like the one above).
—Or you can look for a more fitted silhouette that cuts in at your natural
waist and that can be worn with a skinny belt. A drop waist can
visually shorten your legs, and this will counter that.
—Pair the dress with a high-heel shoe or at least a pointy-toe flat. No ballet flats!
I have been on the hunt for the perfect pair of boyfriend jeans for at least 2 years, and this pair finally fit the bill. Always wearing them with a T-shirt and casual shoes would be boring. So I like to add some feminine touches to create a more diverse and unexpected look.
It's an easy way to show great style while still being comfy.
blouse: comptoir des cotonniers. pants: diane von furstenberg. purse: kate spade (similar here & here). shoes: preview (similar here). necklace: gerard yosca. watch: michael kors. earrings: jewelmint.
If the Spring '12 runways didn't convince you that peplums were back from the 80s, then surely the Fall '12 runways did. With designers such as Jason Wu and Giambattista Valli rocking these flattering silhouettes on skirts, dresses, and tops, this trend is here to stay.
Peplums are fun and flirty, and did I mention that they camouflage any and all tummies?
There's nothing to dislike about that!
I woke up giddy with excitement this morning knowing that the London 2012 Olympics begin tonight! Not only do I love everything about the Olympics, but I'm also quite the Anglophile. (Cheerio, old chap!)
My favorite part of the Opening Ceremonies is the Parade of Countries. I love to see how the outfits reflect the athletes' homelands. United States' Olympians will be donning these Ralph Lauren designs, which were controversially manufactured in China.
And I will be showing my Olympics spirit by rocking one of these vintage T-shirts from Gap.
What are your thoughts on this year's Opening Ceremony outfits? Which sports are you most looking forward to watching?
I absolutely love this chart that Vogue designed. It's genius, and I can't help but love Her Majesty even more. Not only is she the most elegant woman, but she can also rock every color of the rainbow.
Bold and bright, neon is definitely a way to get noticed this summer. It's a trend we love, but if not done carefully, you could look like you are ready to "Sweat to the Oldies" with Richard Simmons. Here are our dos and don'ts for keeping you electrifyingly hot instead of an 80s has-been not.
Do incorporate neon through belts, necklaces, bracelets, and shoes (but not all at once). Don't wear cheap neon sunglasses.
Do wear one single neon focal piece (a top or pants). Don't color block in neon.
Do pair neons with neutral colors or classic patterns (nude shoes, a striped top, etc.). Don't pair neon with acid-washed jeans.
Do have fun with it! Don't resurrect 99 percent of your old 80s garb—though the trend is the same, cuts and styles have
Do pair your neutrals with a pop of neon in a shoe.
Don't make it too retro or go head-to-toe overboard. One neon focal point is enough, Katy!
What is your favorite way to wear neon this summer?
Photo credits: Emma Stone: Humberto Carreno/Startraksphoto. Katy Perry: John Shearer/Getty